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AIRE Leopard Cataraft

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10% Off All Accesrrories! This 18' cataraft is great for hauling passengers and tons of gear. The Leopard's 26.5" diameter tubes created a boat that can perform and carry your heaviest load. AIRE insures long lasting durability with 43 oz., 1670 denier bottom material and 35 oz., 1670 denier upper tube material. Over the past decade catarafts have exploded onto the whitewater scene. AIRE has led the charge by offering you more models of catarafts than any other manufacture. Whether you're looking for optimum speed and performance or maximum cargo capacity, AIRE has a cataraft that will do the trick.
Repair kit included.
Frames Sold Separately
Length: 18'
Weight: 105 lbs.
Tube Diameter: 26.5"
Bow Kick: 29"
Stern Kick: 29"
Number of Air Chambers: 4
Valve Type: Leafield - B7
Type of Material: PVC
Weight/Denier of Tube Material: 35/1670
Weight/Denier of Floor Material: 43/1670
Weight/Denier of Wear Patch Material: 43/1670
Number of D-rings: 24
Number of Handles: 6
Maximum Frame Length: 144"
Repair Kit: Yes
Warranty: 10 Years Retail, 5 Years Commercial

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    Hello there,
    Is there a video showing the propper way to strap the tubes to the topcat frame?
    Also, I want to verify the number of straps needed: 16 of the 3' staps is what I see on the nrs stap guide. Is that correct?
    Asked on 5/30/2015 by Brian from Orange county, California

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      I use 1 footers on the bottom D rings. Works well so you don't over tighten the bottom and create a rotated tube. 4 footers on the top allows you to put a half hitch "safety" can use to protect buckle ( accidental engagement of the cam).
      I put the bottom straps on first then the top, check for tube rotation. You can set boat and frame on buckets to adjust the bottom straps once tube rotation is satisfactory (handwash system buckets)( dry boxes) (ammo cans)
      I have tried several methods of attaching the bottom straps (double wrapping the D ring); (a larks head loop) to keep from trashing the strap they just get trashed on the bottom D rings.
      I use 4 -4 footers between the bottom side rail and the adjoining cross bar ( 2 each side) to tension the frame after boxes and gear are in place. This takes the bow out of the middle of the frame and the flex in choppy water, front to back (length of the frame). Appears to help the two middle lower straps wear and tear. The other option is to add a yoke in the middle (foot bar for passenger) or (weight) I prefer the straps.

      Answered on 6/10/2015 by Anonymous
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      Brian, we don't have such a video. Boaters have different methods for strapping, here's one: Rest the frame on one tube, loosely fasten straps to the inner and outer middle four D-rings. Do the same to the other tube. Tighten the straps, orienting the tubes so they are fully upright and opposite each other. Now strap to the outer D-rings, orienting straps at opposite diagonals on each end. I think a better mix of straps is 4 ea. of 4', 4 ea. of 3' and 8 ea. of 2'.

      Answered on 5/31/2015 by Clyde from NRS
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Great expedition boat

By Landerite

from Lander, WY

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  • Agile
  • High Flotation


  • Slow Leak In One Tube
  • Tubes Trap Water

Best Uses

  • Rapids Paddling
  • Rivers
  • Ww Expeditions
  • W W Expeditions

Comments about AIRE Leopard Cataraft:

I saw an Aire Leopard being used as a safety boat on the Futalefu, and loved how well it handled in big water. I got one for my family and set it up with two rowing stations (4 oars instead of the usual 3) using a big cooler and dry box as seats, with a floor made of 10' long white oak slats. The double rowing stations is ferocious and this was a great drivers ed boat for my kids. The wooden slat floor is much more comfy to walk around on than the sagging mesh floors. We had over a ton on this boat through Cataract Canyon and it handled much easier than a comparably heavy self-bailer. I'm a swiftwater team leader and use the 16' version of this as our primary whitewater platform. BTW, Aire tubes seep water in through the zippers so you need to occasionally hang the tubes and drain the water.

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Best tubes ever

By Raoul Duke

from West Yellowstone, MT

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      Best Uses

      • Rapids Paddling

      Comments about AIRE Leopard Cataraft:

      I have owned a set of these tubes for 12 years now and have had zero trouble with them except for a slight discoloration on one tube (maybe I shouldn't have got yellow) Sent them in and AIRE tested them for free and even extended my warranty for life if anything ever goes wrong with the tubes. Hard to beat that.
      We run the rivers in Montana a dozen times a year and the tubes respond like new everytime. Super manuverable even with 7 people on the boat and a dog to boot. Tip of the day:Get the mesh floor on your frame so no one falls through!

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